Before I get into the hustle and bustle of making my 22 pound Thanksgiving turkey and attempting to recreate Mike's mom's cornbread stuffing, I wanted to take a minute and reflect on the things I am grateful for this year:
- First and foremost, I am so very thankful to have been born in this time in history and have been brought up in the United States. Mike and I were watching this really interesting documentary on PBS the other night about the Nazis and the movement to try to save art and historical artifacts throughout Russia and Europe during WWII. It was really interesting. The Nazis were so evil... the terror and fear and disrespect for human life... degrading people by destroying their art and their spirit made me especially grateful that I live in a place where freedom of speech exists and where I have never wanted for anything.... Our country is not perfect, but we are so blessed that it is easy to take for granted. I truly truly hope that my son gets to continue to experience this richness and freedom in his lifetime and his childrens' lifetimes.
- My husband. Just last night he made me laugh telling me a story about a store on Burnet Road that only sells chess sets and games (long story), he made a pot of Irish breakfast tea that we got in Ireland and we watched the Peanuts Thanksgiving special together. He plans to join me for the Turkey Trot 5 miler tomorrow and we will both be wearing turkey hats. He always does mundane things like make the coffee and takes out the trash and mows the lawn, and never says anything to me when I spend more money than I should nor neglect the plants in the yard and is always complimentary of my cooking and baking. He is open to new ideas I have like cloth diapering and also loves to keep traditions from his family growing up and build ones together. He loves to take me on fun adventures around the world and in our city. Not to mention the fact that he is the one who is more overtly spiritual than I am and sets such a good example for me and will for John Michael. This is a small snapshot, but I love him to death.
- Our baby- He has the cutest, fuzziest hair right now and I am having such a blast with him lately. He is a really happy baby, and will squeal with delight when I enter the room. He is always smiling and making loud noises. Seeing him in his footie pajamas in his exersaucer warms my heart to no end. When I pick him up, he grabs both sides of my hair and pulls me to him trying to eat my chin or neck and it hurts like hades, but it is wonderful to be loved so much that a 6 month old literally wants to eat you. I am so thankful that he is healthy and mostly that he is here. I wanted a baby to love for so long...
- My family- I am so thankful that my family all lives in the same city and I have gotten to know my sister and brother as adults. I am thankful that my mom found Art and that they are so happy. I am so thankful that Art came with such great kids our age.
- My in laws- I was just talking to my hairdresser about in-laws yesterday, which reminded me how blessed I am to have in-laws who I like very much. Just yesterday I was talking with Pattie and she gave me a great recipe and told me how much she thought I was a great mom. I am happy we can talk on the phone and they seem to like me, too.
- I am thankful that I joined 2 new moms groups this fall and that JM and I are taking the music together classes. I am excited about meeting some other moms.
- I am thankful for my jog stroller. This seems mundane, but a few months ago I was feeling pretty lousy about myself and running and training again has really helped me feel like myself again. The fact that I can leave from my house and run for 30 minutes or so through beautiful tree-lined streets is pretty wonderful.
- I am thankful for my health. I have no real major ailments, other than an occasional bout of hypochondria.
- I am thankful for my birthpeep. I am very blessed by God that he is with such an awesome family that continue to keep me a part of his life. I worry sometimes about the future and how to talk to our son about it and maybe even him about it. I pray that God will give me the grace when the time comes.
- I am thankful that I got to know and love my dad for as long as I did. I am thankful that I got to take FMLA and come to Austin 7 years ago to take care of him and say goodbye.
- I am thankful for my house. I love it....
- I am thankful for my car. I love it, too...
- I am thankful for my big warm bed that currently has flannel sheets on it.
- I am thankful for Sirius holiday music.
- I am thankful that Mike has a good job and I get to stay home and enjoy every moment with JM.
- I am thankful that I get to host my first thanksgiving tomorrow. Hopefully I won't kill the turkey a la Christmas Vacation.
As you can see, I am abundantly blessed. I could go on, but I have to go attempt to make stuffing/dressing now. Happy Thanksgiving, all! I am thankful for you!